Mary and Jane are here to tell you Don’t Panic! Hopefully you visited this page before your guests arrived and you have a game plan but even if you are hiding in your bathroom with your smartphone frantically googling – Mary and Jane can still help you!
High Tea Parties are different from regular parties because you have pre-planned for incapacitated, cannabis infused guests. Unlike the office Christmas party or your cousin Sherry’s wedding – where playing “who is going to face plant first” is an invigorating and amusing diversion, a High Tea Party has the buzz (but hopefully no face plant) built right in from the start and it’s a group thing!
Follow our guidelines to keep your cannabis infused guests laughing, engaging and conscious – and for goodness sakes keep them away from machinery and pointy objects!
5 Rules for Your High Tea Party Games
1. Play games that get everyone moving!
DO have a fun game that gets everyone moving like badminton , tag or hide and seek (if this sounds too juvenile it won’t once the brownie kicks in)
DON’T have a game that has sharp things like lawn darts or hurty things like plastic Frisbees.
Watching your guests chase each other around in circles trying to bat a birdie is hilarious; trying to get an ice pack on the lawn dart chest wound while you wait for the EMT’s – not so much.
*(True Story – many years ago Mary and Jane where enjoying an infused evening with friends when someone suggested “we should climb out onto the fire escape”. This great idea resulted in a friend falling off said fire escape and crashing through the garden atrium of the downstairs neighbors. Sure we got to meet paramedics and hospital personnel and ride in an ambulance but over-all it was a crappy way to ruin a buzz. Our friend does have an impressive scar to mark the occasion. The garden atrium never fully recovered.)
The Point? – Safety First! You are incapacitated! Stay low to the ground and only play with soft things!
2. Avoid the Doldrums!
Maryjane can make some folks sleepy or spacey. This makes it a great way to relax but if ALL your guests go to their private happy place in their heads your party is going to fizzle – not to mention you will never get them off your couch and out of your house.
The way to avoid this is to have activities planned and don’t take no for an answer. You are cat herding and that means you have to crack the party whip. Tap into their inner greed by playing games for prizes or exploit their competitive side by encouraging “Best” this and that awards.
Some good options; egg walk (egg on a spoon across the yard – a classic), hopscotch (strangely satisfying after all these years), twister (only if you really like all the guests) and telephone (still hilarious). Perhaps even a treasure hunt if the clues are dead simple and are centrally located – you don’t want your guests to wander off and get lost or take naps.
The point is choose simple games that involve interacting with one another and moving around – sure it might be a bit awkward at first but after 30-45 minutes everything will seem like a great idea – trust us.
3. Keep it Simple Sweetheart
We all have the friend that loves board games. You pop over to their house for a BBQ or a drink and within 20 minutes they are asking you if you want to play Pavilion 19 ; Enterprise Edition. Out comes the board and the fifteen “support” decks and a set of instructions that would confuse a NASA engineer. Inevitably they assure you the game is “super fun” and “really easy to play” – these are lies.
Don’t task your guests with a lot of thinking – this is cruel. If you want to play a board game dial that shit down to Candyland or possibly Chutes and Ladders (although I always get turned around on that one – those arrows are confusing.) Board games must be of the most simple variety or don’t play them at all.
4. Play Interactive Games
People like being right. It is a very satisfying aspect of being human. Many of us marry mainly so we can be right all the time but occasionally it is fun to be right in front of people other than your spouse. Your High Tea Party is the perfect chance to play things like “Guess this condiment” or “What is in the can?”
Blindfold a guest and sit them down (no face plants – remember?) and then have them blind taste test or feel test things from your home. Play nice and don’t do anything gross – this damages your guests trust in you as a hostess – but make it weird and interesting. Keep score for the competitive and give a prize to the winner.
5. Don’t forget to feed and water your guests or they will wilt!
Remember in the beginning of the party when you fed your guests your Maryjane brownies and then said you were going to play some fun games while you waited for the brownies to “kick in?” Well that was over an hour ago and everyone is fairly high by now – don’t you think it is time to feed them again? Chances are they are very hungry by now.
Have your main non-infused spread laid out and ready to go and be sure to get everyone a beverage – preferably non-alchoholic – unless you are partying with Kennedy’s (in which case make sure you followed that rule about NO minors).
(Revisit our High Tea Party Rules here)
A good party time line would be as follows; great, infuse, frolic, eat lunch while frolicking, final frolic, group clean-up? (be optimistic and use paper plates), clear house, collapse.
At a glance you should choose games that are easy to play, do not require heights/cutlery/lawn equipment/thinking, do involve moving around and interacting and promote silliness.
Sure you have been partying for quite a while now but when was the last time you played?
Have fun darlings! Share a favorite game with us in the comments!